Project: PopUp Encourages Local Entrepreneurs
Sept. 14, 2012
Project: PopUp Grand Opening
Friday, September 21
Join us and local entrepreneurs at the 800 block of Chestnut Street on Friday, September 21 from 4 to 9 p.m. as we celebrate the grand opening of five local businesses. The new stores are part of Project: PopUp, the Chattanooga retail incubator meant to attract and support new opportunities in downtown’s City Center district. The River City Company partnered with Berry + Hunt and Chambliss to create Project: PopUp.
Project: PopUp provides local entrepreneurs with the tools needed to turn their business ideas into reality, and will help strengthen and diversify the local economy. The five new retailers were selected to test out their concepts for six months rent free, with the goal of signing a long term lease afterward. To aid in their success, the businesses were provided with facade grants, creative marketing, mentors, and professional development classes.
Block party festivities will begin with the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Live music, food, and beer will be on-site throughout the event, along with giveaways, discounts and specials from the new and veteran tenants of CitiPark. In conjunction with the end of the party, Susan G. Komen for the Cure will host the organization’s City In Pink ceremony, where downtown Chattanooga’s buildings and famous landmarks will be lit in pink.
Entrepreneurs who need assistance starting their business or just want to connect with other entrepreneurially-minded individuals should contact the Chambliss StartUp Group. The Startup Group offers free clinic hours, full legal services, and social events designed to support and nurture entrepreneurs as they turn their ideas into successful businesses.